• RAMSA and the National Trust Collaborate to Assist Sites of Women's History

    July 21, 2022

    The Women’s Leadership Initiative of RAMSA (Robert A.M. Stern Architects) is collaborating with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a twelve-month pilot program to provide pro bono design, planning, and technical services to support the Where Women Made History initiative.

    Where Women Made History is a manifestation of the National Trust’s commitment to tell a more full and equitable national story, with an objective to uncover, uplift, and preserve the stories and sites of women’s achievement nationwide and bring more relevance, diversity, and gender equality to America’s cultural heritage. RAMSA is a 240-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff with an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work.

    RAMSA's Women's Leadership Initiative seeks to develop and promote women's growth in the profession through education, mentorship, and peer support, and will create opportunities for young women entering the field to gain in-depth experience from women professionals by joining the project team as part of their internship program.

    The pilot program’s first project is at Stone Quarry Art Park in Cazenovia, New York, which features the Dorothy Riester House and Studio (also known as Hilltop House and Studio). Today, the former home, studio, and multi-acre art environment of artist and preservationist Dorothy Riester and her husband Bob is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program, helping to expand the impact of Riester’s art and add her work to broader conversations about the relevance and importance of midcentury design, art, and the environment.

    RAMSA project team in front of Hilltop House, Stone Quarry Art Park, June 2022.

    photo by: RAMSA

    RAMSA and National Trust project team in front of Hilltop House, June 2022.

    The project team—led by women from the National Trust and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at RAMSA, along with the women directors and leadership at the site—will build on Riester’s legacy by helping shape Stone Quarry Art Park as a public place for the creative experimentation of art in conversation with the natural environment.

    The project will include:

    • Designing a concept for a multi-use space that unifies the site and serves the needs of the artists, staff, and the public;
    • Reassessing the approach to the Hilltop House and Studio and creating a better, clearer arrival experience for visitors and staff;
    • Recommending priorities for restoring Riester’s historic home and studio; and
    • Recommending how to repurpose the more contemporary “art barns” as functional spaces while also referencing the visual/architectural language established by Riester.

    Also as part of the pilot program, the National Trust and RAMSA will select an additional site of women’s history and achievement to receive donated design and planning services led by teams of women professionals and informed by local stakeholders. RAMSA will participate as well in a PastForward National Preservation Conference session or other National Trust-sponsored public event highlighting the partnership.

    After the first year of the pilot, the National Trust and RAMSA will evaluate the partnership and process and consider how it might be expanded or improved as a model for other sites of women’s history. In addition, the organizations hope to build new relationships with key stakeholders at selected sites and across their professional fields.

  • Join Us for Four Events Celebrating "Women's Work"

    June 21, 2022

    There have always been great women artists—a fact that feminist art historians have continually and consistently reinforced over the past half century. Using this summer’s new “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst as a source of inspiration, these three virtual events will delve into the complex history of women’s artistry; the growing recognition of the influence of women artists, feminist artists, and women artists of color on the art world; and the deep connections that exist between the production of art and the places where women created it.

    These programs are brought to you by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Where Women Made History program in conjunction with the “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst—a National Trust Historic Site located in Tarrytown, New York.

    View of a room with a series of objects that range from flowers in a glass jar in the foreground, and then  series of objects that are related to sewing in the background, including one performance art piece on a screen.

    photo by: © Bruce M. White 2022

    A view of the Lyndhurst Gallery. Foreground: "Floral Arrangement" 1860-1890, Background: (L-R) Miriam Schapiro "Decorative Fan #1," Harmony Hammond "Bag VI," A still of Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" © Yoko Ono, Emma Amos "Great Grandpa Jefferson," Faith Ringgold "Sugar," Angela Ellsworth "Pantaloncini Work No. 069 (Emma)," and "Dressing Gown" from 1862-64.

    Thursday August 4, 2022

    1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET

    Preserving the Places Where Women Made Art

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    The places where women artists were inspired to produce their work is as significant as their artwork. Yet too often these sites of creativity are not considered critical when assessing an artist’s work, influences, or impact.

    In this event, a panel of geographically, culturally, and thematically diverse places of women’s artistry and creativity will consider both “how” and “why” it is important to recognize and preserve these places where women made art. In doing so we’ll explore a range of approaches for tackling the challenges of preserving the place-based legacy of women artists, examine the manner in which the artists’ stories are presented to the public to bring women artists the recognition and respect they deserve, and how these historic places can continue to inspire education, activism, advocacy, and new artwork in their communities.


    Wednesday, September 7, 2022

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

    Women’s Work: Beatrice Glow, Daisy Quezada Ureña, Nafis M. White in Conversation with Rebecca Hart

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    How do contemporary women artists draw on personal histories and cultural heritage to create a unique body of work? Independent curator Rebecca Hart leads a panel discussion with three contemporary artists who are featured in Lyndhurst’s “Women’s Work” exhibition. Beatrice Glow, Daisy Quezada Ureña, and Nafis M. White each use their artistic vision to address complex social and political issues that include migration, colonialization, gender and racial discrimination, and cultural identity.

    Using a wide range of different media and sensory experiences, each artist explores identity, community, and the power of resilience in their vast body of work, community activism, and teaching. Rebecca Hart will engage these artists in conversation about their chosen methodologies and the ways in which they examine their role as artists within the historical context of artistic practice.


    Sunday, September 18, 2022

    1:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET

    Women's Work Curator's Symposium

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    With more than 125 objects, ‘Women’s Work’ explores the adoption of the domestic handcraft tradition by contemporary women artists by placing historic precedents next to contemporary examples. Join the curatorial team for an inside look at this special exhibition profiled in the New York Times. Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s Executive Director and a graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, shares insights into the creation of this culturally diverse exhibition. Nancy Carlisle, a graduate of Winterthur and Senior Curator of Collections at Historic New England, highlights the history of domestic handcrafts through its surviving objects. Rebecca Hart, a Cranbrook graduate, and independent contemporary art curator will discuss the often difficult history of the adoption of historical techniques by contemporary women artists.

    • 1 pm: Lecture with Executive Director, Howard Zar followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
    • 2 pm: Lecture with Senior Curator of Collections at Historic New England, Nancy Carlisle followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
    • 3 pm: Lecture with Curator Becky Hart followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
    • 4 pm: Private Tour in the Mansion in Howard Zar. (in person only) (60 minutes)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET

    Women's Work: A Conversation with Lucy Lippard and Harmony Hammond

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    Writer, activist, curator, co-founded various artists’ feminist and activist organizations and publications, and author of 25 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, Lucy Lippard, will be joined by Harmony Hammond, a leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s, and co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York. You won’t want to miss this spirited and thought-provoking conversation between two leading figures of the feminist art movement—and two long-time friends—as they reflect on their careers from the 1970s up to the present, and the evolution of “women’s work” in the art world as reflected in the artists and artwork of the Women’s Work exhibition at Lyndhurst.

  • Video: Azurest South, Ettrick, Virginia

    April 21, 2022

    Where Women Made History is a program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Benjamin Moore focused on the preservation of sites in America where women from all walks of life have made history.

    Azurest South in Ettrick, Virginia, is one of those sites.

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